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Western Myths About Pluralism:The Real Basis of Civil Rights

“On the 30th of April, 1999, during the Nato bombing of Serbia, Vaclev Havel, Czech president/philosopher, addressed both houses of the Canadian Parliament.  And in his speech Havel shared his conviction that the greatest political challenge of the 21st century would be to get all the nation states of the world to recognize limits on their national sovereignty; that all states need to submit to the rule of international law, based on the concept of universal human rights.  At the conclusion of Havel’s speech, he said these words, ‘I have often asked myself why human beings have any rights at all.  I always come to the conclusion that human rights, human freedoms and human dignity have their deepest roots somewhere outside the perceptible world.  These values make sense only in the perspective of the infinite and the eternal.  Allow me to conclude my remarks on the state and its likely role in the future with the assertion that while the state is a human creation, human beings are the creation of God.’”

Thus begins Mr. Ramachandra’s well articulated and provocative lecture given back in 2002 at Berkeley.  If you are a fan of Ravi Zacharius and enjoy his style of speaking, […]

A Few Audio Picks

Atheist, Peter Atkins, was in fine form in the latest episode of Unbelievable (Has Science Explained Away God?). No. Seriously. Continual face palm. I haven’t seen this level of obtuse blindness in quite some time. For that reason alone, I would direct listeners to the discussion. Just think of the term enmity.

James White shared a good word last week on the subject of majoring on the majors and minoring on the minors in the church. A good reminder.

While Brian Rosner doesn’t come at the question of the Law from a distinctly (classically, one might say) Reformed perspective, his lectures are thought-provoking and scholarly. The advanced listener who enjoys the subject of Paul and the Law will want to give it a go.

There are five lectures in total. The first can be found here. Here is a search for the rest.

A Few Tasty Picks

How Biblical is Molinism? (Part 1)

For those of you who enjoy hurting your brain by following the middle knowledge debate, you’ll almost certainly want to give James Anderson’s new series a look.

Unbelievable? Is God the Best Explanation for Apparent Design in Nature?

Truth be told, the discussion was only so-so. However, near the very end, the issue of theodicy came up. By way of exercise, test yourself. Consider the problem raised by the atheist. How would you answer his questions? And wherein lies the (or at least one) fatal assumption?

Episode 179: Bathysphere

99% Invisible is a fantastic podcast. It’s full of fun facts! And those fun facts are told in an interesting way. For a look at one that thoroughly caught my fancy more recently, check out episode 179.


3GT Episode 6: Whistles, Sleepy Cats and Frothy-Mouthed Calvinists

Don’t miss the latest installment of 3GT.  Here’s a brief overview of what to expect:

“With renewed vigor, the men of 3GT re-engage the topic of the extent of the atonement (with Austin defending the universal side of particular atonement, Kyle a limited view of particular atonement).  Barry plays the role of referee, calling fouls and low blows. In the second segment, we talk about Austin’s recent moving adventure to Pensacola.  Lastly, Barry raises the subject of variation in the body of Christ, drawing attention to Martin Bucer’s work Concerning the True Care of Souls.”  [But actually, that isn’t quite the end.  A brief moment of violence might just burst out at the end-end]

The Case for Animal Suffering (Or Why I Want Fat Chickens)

I’ve been a little slow digesting the latest episodes of Point of Inquiry, so my interaction here is going to require us to consider something that was recorded in August. By internet standards, I might as well be returning to the dark ages. That was so yesterday. Nevertheless, the issue is a hot one, and so for that reason, I suppose I can be forgiven.

The issue is animal suffering. But not just any old animal suffering. It is the kind that occurs in factory farms.

Now if you give our dear secularists a listen, you’ll quickly come to see that they care a lot about chickens. Tears aren’t shed or anything like that. But they do express deep concern. And in the case of Paul Shapiro, he has put his money where his mouth is. He’s been a serious advocate of animal rights, seeking to establish more humane animal laws.

Fair enough.

But then again, really? I mean , we’re talking about chickens, right? And we’re talking about chickens in a godless world (their worldview (and by “their” I mean the predominant view of the podcast and its listeners)).

Let’s think about this for a moment.

I like big, fat, juicy chickens. The bigger the […]

The Truth about Church Websites

I’m not going to lie. I’ve looked at a lot of church websites.

This is due to my having recently considered over a hundred cities in which to move and live. I know, right? A bit much. But it became something of a hobby, cracking open my laptop, firing up Google Maps, along with various church directories, intent on finding a new place to settle down.

Having since rumbled across the country in a moving truck, finally landing Pensacola, the dust has settled. No need for more feverish research. But through the process, I’ve emerged on the other side with a black belt in “What I want to see in a church website.”

By “What I want to see in a church website” I mean pretty much exactly that. When I go to a church website in order to investigate what they’re all about, what attracts me and what doesn’t?

Now the purpose in airing my thoughts isn’t to flaunt some kind of special insight of mine. Not at all. I have no special insight. This is merely a matter of opinion. But they’re opinions fresh out of the oven, and they’re rooted in real desires looking to be met.

So what’s what?

The truth is […]

Thoughts of a Recent Sojourner

I’m a man in a new place.

In many ways it is all quite familiar. There are the usual fast food chains, Walmart, and shopping malls. But in many more ways, it all feels wondrously and overwhelmingly new. Southern hospitality is a real thing, we are living in a treetop condo, and there are palms trees. Everything from the street lights to the cultural tone exhibit subtle (and no so subtle) differences.

It’s definitely not Indiana. And that’s ok. Kinda.

The truth is that I really do like it here in Pensacola. We’ve gained much. But it doesn’t feel like home yet. I suppose that will take time. In the meantime, our family feels like strangers and aliens. Like outsiders. Or better yet, people hanging out at another person’s family reunion. Everyone is welcoming, and they share their food, but we’re still posing as Floridians. We’re not fully a part of it all.

Uncertainty is a thing too. Our steps hesitate. We don’t quite know where we’re going at times. Thankfully there’s something called Google Maps. The “turn left in a quarter mile” voice is surprisingly reassuring.

But amid all the change and flux, it was a sweet blessing to sit in Sunday school and […]